The Netherlands Red Cross is one of the NGOs involved in the relief and reconstruction work been carried out on St. Maarten post hurricane Irma. They have started and continuing to carry out relief work in the area of a School feeding programs, the food voucher program and the shelter repair program. Now as the reconstruction and relief continues, a waste to work program is being explored.
Here from the Netherlands to jumpstart the waste to work program is Mr. Job Nijs director of Open House foundation in Holland and Humanitarian Innovations for the Netherlands Red Cross Mr. Michel Becks. Both gentlemen says they are of the opinion that there are lots of opportunities that can come from all the debris accumulated on the Island as a result of Hurricane Irma. They are in search of persons with ambition to become entrepreneurs and is willing to share resources with these interested locals with Ideas to get started.
They both confirmed that out of a desire in the Netherlands of person there wanting to help out St. Maarten after the devastation, a group of Startup Companies began thinking of ways they can help St. Maarten recover while creating jobs for some people; therefore an idea was born out of a coalition of startup solutions to introduce the waste to work platform.
In the Netherlands there are some startups that are related to waste and these startups have innovative Ideas about making new products out of old materials. This can be an excellent opportunity for locals to get started building their own little business making items out of tires, Tarpaulins, wood and plastics all of which ends up in the land fill; these items can be used to make souvenirs and collectables that can be sold to visitors and has the potential to grow into big business.
For more information on how one can get involve, you can reach these persons by emailing waste2work [at] gmail [dot] com